Every now and again, we need to return to something familiar. It doesn't matter if we've played it before, or played it and never finished. There's just something about that one game, one franchise, that feels comfortable.
I have two guilty pleasures, for two separate moods. One is for when I really don't want to pay attention to the main screen. It's for when I want to relax, unwind, not have to activate my brain at all.
Obviously, it's virtual cricket.
Every time the topic comes up, I always get the same response. "I can't believe you like cricket," Mark says. I've sat next to him for a year, and it's almost the same reaction, the same stunned. Cricket. You. Cricket.
The second is when I need an adrenaline hit, or to burn off some steam. In those situations, I find Counter-Strike: Global Offensive deathmatch servers fit the bill perfectly. They fill the void that - years and years ago - public Quake 3 deathmatch servers used to fill, and there's something comforting going back to a game you've spent over a decade refining and resharpening your skills at.
What games are your guilty pleasure?